Updates on Libyan war/stop NATO news: October 30, 2011

30 October 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Libya War Reaffirms Global Air Power Dominance Commitment Of ‘World’s Sole Superpower’
  • Assad: Western Attack On Syria To Set Entire Region On Fire
  • Iran: NATO’s Plot To Dominate Region Hatched 10 Years Ago
  • U.S. To Expand Military Power In Persian Gulf
  • Turkey: NATO Missile Radar Opponents Plan More Protests
  • NATO Furthers Humilates Ukraine Over Integration Demands

Libya War Reaffirms Global Air Power Dominance Commitment Of ‘World’s Sole Superpower’

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?

Al-Manar
October 30, 2011

Nato’s Libya Experiment Encourages US Aircraft Production

-’From humanitarian relief operations to potential regional conflicts or even global war, air power is the crucial underlying factor that helps make the United States the world’s sole superpower.’

AFP published a report Sunday in which it explained that supporters of US military dominance and air power have taken the outcome of Nato’s intervention in Libya as evidence of their position, after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had diminished their effectiveness.

Nato’s military operations in Libya that helped in ending Moammar Gaddafi’s regime yet killed many civilians along it were perceived positively by US air power advocates who considered that regardless of the growing pressure the US defense budget is under, it should invest in new fighters, bombers, tankers, and drones.

AFP quoted retired Air Force General David Deptula as saying: ‘if America wants to retain its military edge around the world, it has to ensure that it enjoys air dominance.’

‘From humanitarian relief operations to potential regional conflicts or even global war, air power is the crucial underlying factor that helps make the United States the world’s sole superpower,’ he told AFP.

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Assad: Western Attack On Syria To Set Entire Region On Fire

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111030/168261519.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
October 30, 2011

Assad says Western action against Syria ‘could burn the whole region’

MOWCOW: Western intervention against Syria, which has been rocked with protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, could cause ‘an earthquake’ that would ‘burn the whole region,’ Assad said in an interview with The Sunday Times.

Western countries ‘are going to ratchet up the pressure, definitely. But Syria is different in every respect from Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen. The history is different. The politics is different,’ Assad told the paper.

‘Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake … Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans?’ he asked.

Assad said the West was nurturing plans to divide Syria.

‘Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region. If the plan is to divide Syria, that is to divide the whole region,’ he told the paper.

Assad admitted that ‘many mistakes’ had been made by his forces at the early stage of the uprising, but added that only ‘terrorists’ were now being targeted.

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Iran: NATO’s Plot To Dominate Region Hatched 10 Years Ago

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007271368

Fars News Agency
October 30, 2011

Ahmadinejad: NATO’s Plot to Dominate Region Hatched 10 Years Ago

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned about the western countries’ long-term plans to loot the regional states’ wealth and resources, and said NATO started its plans for dominating the region 10 years ago.

‘The information and reports show that NATO decided to move eastwards to occupy this region over 10 years ago,’ Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with a number of Muslim world reporters and journalists in Tehran on Saturday.

‘And their main goal was revising the era of colonialism under new slogans,’ he added.

Ahmadinejad called on all the regional nations to keep vigilant against such plots, and differentiate ‘freedom-seeking, justice-seeking and independence from NATO and Zionists’ interference’.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast in September [recalled] the western states’ dual approach towards the developments in the region, and said while the western countries launch a military raid on Libya to guarantee future oil deals and kill scores of civilians in their strikes on the Arab state, they ignore similar popular demands in Yemen and Bahrain, ‘and this double-standard approach of the West is unacceptable’.

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U.S. To Expand Military Power In Persian Gulf

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/10/30/59585733.html

Itar-Tass
October 30, 2011

U.S. to enhance military presence in the Gulf

The United States is planning to enhance its military presence in the Persian Gulf after pulling its troops out of Iraq.

The New York Time quotes U.S. diplomatic sources as saying that additional rapid response units will be deployed in Kuwait in case of a worsening situation in Iraq or confrontation with Iran.

The decision followed the Iraqi government’s refusal to extend the U.S. presence in the country and to grant U.S. servicemen immunity from prosecution.

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Turkey: NATO Missile Radar Opponents Plan More Protests

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-261376-kurecik-protestors-denounce-nato-radar-plan-further-protests.html

Today’s Zaman
October 30, 2011

Kürecik protestors denounce NATO radar, plan further protests

?STANBUL: Local associations and residents of the Kürecik district of Malatya province met on Saturday to denounce the planned construction of a NATO missile defense radar.
 
Ercan K?sac?k, president of the anti-radar Kürecik Cooperation and Consultation Foundation (KYDD), announced at a press conference his concern that the radar would cause health problems for local residents, stating: ‘The radioactive materials [in the radar] will bring destruction to people and nature. It will poison the water and increase the rate of cancer.’

K?sac?k’s words were part of a small meeting to underline local residents’ continued opposition to the radar installation, which Ankara agreed to host this September as part of a defensive ‘shield’ meant to protect NATO countries from ballistic missiles. Opponents of the NATO radar held protests throughout October and promised that another protest would be held on Nov. 19.

The protests against the Kürecik installation have been spearheaded by Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu and head of the CHP Malatya branch Veli A?baba, who have organized protests and demanded that the radar plan be put to a local referendum. Opponents of the radar argue that the strategic information it gathers will be shared with Israel, while government officials deny that the NATO installation will share any information with Israel, which is not a NATO country.

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NATO Furthers Humilates Ukraine Over Integration Demands

http://un.ua/eng/article/357833.html

Ukrainian News Agency
October 30, 2011

NATO To Consider Tymoshenko Trial When Evaluating Implementation Of Ukraine-NATO Cooperation Program For 2011

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) intends to take into account the trial of former prime minister and leader of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Association party Yulia Tymoshenko when evaluating the implementation of the Ukraine-NATO annual national cooperation program for 2011.

James Appathurai, NATO’s deputy assistant secretary general for political affairs and security policy, announced this in an interview with the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia newspaper.

‘The general secretary of NATO, through the press secretary of the organization, has expressed his disappointment at the Tymoshenko case. I think that members of the alliance will express their opinions on the implementation of ANP (annual national program), taking account of the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko,’ he said.

Appathurai stressed that it was obvious that implementation of this program is not only an important priority for Ukraine, but also the basic format for development of further cooperation with NATO.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Cabinet of Ministers approved an action plan for implementation of the Ukraine-NATO annual national cooperation program for in 2011 in July.

On October 11, the Pecherskyi District Court of Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for exceeding her authority during the conclusion of gas contracts with Russia in 2009.

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